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Sunday, November 20, 2011


(Guy Buttery. Pic © Kathalijne Van Zutphen)

Award-winning fingerstyle guitarist Guy Buttery releases his long-awaited follow-up album, To Disappear in Place, on vinyl with nationwide launch tour. The album offers a wealth of new, never-before-released content.

Buttery, who won last year’s Best Instrumental Album at the 2010 South African Music Awards for his album Fox Hill Lane, will hand-number and personalize each of the 300 available Limited Edition LP copies sold. Pressed in Holland on 180 gram virgin vinyl, the album appears online at Bandcamp ( and includes a free coupon insert for a full MP3 download.

The 10-track album is a beautifully packaged B-sides successor to Fox Hill Lane, comprising an exclusive collection of out-takes, remakes, live recordings and demos. It was initially due for release last year, after being completed at Peace of Eden Music Studios in 2010. In a strange twist of fate that ironically lives up to its name, it was held back due to contractual ties. Finally free from the corporate grip, To Disappear in Place is bound to make its mark on the South African music landscape.

To Disappear in Place features three track remakes by the mastermind composer Chris Letcher from London, initially intended for the original release of Fox Hill Lane.

Another out-take was the demo version for the title track featuring UK singer/songwriter Piers Faccini, along with various other special guests such as KwaZulu-Natal legend Madala Kunene on vocals and Jewish harp, as well as Guy's long-time guitar hero, Tony Cox. The LP release also includes an exclusive vinyl only track and extensive liner notes about each recording.

“The inspiration for releasing an album exclusively on vinyl goes back to an obsession I had with collecting LP’s from as young as 14 years old,” says Buttery. “It was eventually long-time friend Steve Hawes from Erased Records who actually manifested the project for me. Despite the on-going change in the industry, vinyl records have remained a sought after product to serious music fundi’s, DJ's and album collectors. If anything, with the rise and rise of digital music, the vinyl has become a sort of antidote symbol for those that value the tangible embodiment of hard copy albums. LP sales have increased where CD sales have dropped, probably because they represent authenticity to fans.”

For Buttery, it is a way of recognizing independence within the industry, to develop his music and distribute it in ways that fit with him and his personality, by ultimately going the indie route. Releasing a vinyl record in South Africa does exactly that.

Guy Buttery made a name for himself at the tender age of 16 when his unique style and immeasurable skill got music circles talking. Only two years later, his debut album When I Grow Up was nominated for Best Newcomer at the South African Music Awards in 2003. His cover of Joanna Newsom’s The Book of Right On found its way onto a compilation album, Versions of Joanna, released internationally alongside nu-folk icons M Ward, Billy Bragg and others.

Guy has since trotted the globe headlining a number of festivals, sharing the stage with luminaries such as Jethro Tull, The Violent Femmes, Bob Brozman and many others. A recent article in the world’s largest publication on guitars - Guitar Player Magazine - catapulted Guy into the American scene. He has created a unique persona for himself in the South African music market through his humble approach and genuine passion, with a growing audience that lends itself to sell-out shows nationwide.

Guy Buttery will appear in Durban at the Alliance Française de Durban on December 8 at 19h30. He then moves up to the Midlands to perform at the Drake Music Festival in Rosetta on December 17.

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